The great Lao Tzu (ancient Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism, and author of the Tao Te Ching) is attributed with having written the following famous quote:
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
For anyone who is seeking a logical understanding of the way to achieve better results, I know of no better method than to examine this quote in greater detail–and apply it! In a few words, simply and beautifully expressed, we are given a formula by which we can achieve our goals. The formula is concise, powerful, and effective. Please contemplate it with me for a few moments.
What Lao Tzu is basically advising us to do is to pay attention. We are to watch. We are to assume our rightful place above, or somewhat remote to, whatever is occurring. In our thinking, speaking, actions, and habits, we are to be in the place of the witness. When we live in this manner, we gain a much clearer and broader perspective. By doing so, we are living consciously; we are practicing deliberate awareness. Conversely, if we are unaware, we may be unintentionally creating negative and troubling consequences.
To live in this way is to also realize the difference between reacting and responding. When we react, we allow old neural pathways to automatically govern our actions. When we respond, we live in a manner that creates space for choice and allows new and inspired ways of being to occur. This difference can vastly change the results that we experience.
So…what do you desire? More of the same, or some of the new? Do you desire greater health? Watch. Do you desire greater wealth? Watch. Do you desire greater success? Watch. Watch from your position of the true You! In no time at all, you’ll be experiencing vastly different results in your life. Just Watch and see.
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2021 – R. Arthur Russell
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